Review: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

book jumperI thought this book had a  great concept. Imagine having the ability to open your favorite book, put your face into the pages and transport yourself into the story! What book would you check out first? I might go into the world of Westeros in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (being careful not to get beheaded).

Amy is a teenager, and her mother, Alexis, is more of a friend than a parental figure. They leave Germany and go to Alexis’ mother’s home, where Amy learns for the first time that she is a book jumper. Normally, book jumpers are trained at an early age, so Amy has a lot of catching up to do. However, the ability seems to come pretty naturally to her, and she freely explores The Jungle Book and finds her way to the Margin, a sort of netherworld between books where you can jump from book to book.

It also comes to pass that iconic stories are having their main ideas stolen. The white rabbit is stolen from Alice in Wonderland, the cyclone from The Wizard of Oz, etc. Why are the ideas being stolen? That’s at the heart of this novel … unsurprisingly, our heroine, Amy, will get to the bottom of it.

Besides the interesting concept, I found this book to be a bit of a snooze. The references to other novels were cool, but I wasn’t super enamored with Amy, her mother, romantic interest Will or any of the other characters. Maybe for a (younger) teen this might be a good one. I’ll give it a solid “meh.”

One comment

  1. This sounded like such an amazing book when I first heard about it, but ever since reviews started popping up… All I’ve seen is “meh”-reviews.. Such a pity because this could’ve been an amazing book for every bookworm out there..
    [I’m not even planning on reading it anymore after reading all those reviews.. :/]

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